Three major airlines have already become part of the movement to exclude exit taxes from the international airports by rolling them into the price of the ticket.
The counter of Bancrédito airport tax collectors will disappear from the international airports in Alajuela and Liberia overtime as more and more airlines get enrolled in collecting the depart tax through the cost of the ticket. As of March 23rd US Airways, American Airlines and Copa Airlines began selling tickets adjusted to include the $29 exit tax in the price of their tickets for passengers departing on or after June 14th.
The Costa Rica departure tax was originally set to begin disappearing from the airports as of the New Year. After several delays, the first three airlines to enroll in the program are now activating their systems in accordance with Bancrédito’s new policy. Hopefully, the exit taxes will have been included in most, if not all, of the airlines by the end of 2015.
The Colombian Avianca Airline is still requiring passengers to pay the tax, but they have, however, included seven new flights per week to London. Along with Avianca, other carriers that still require patrons to pay the airport tax at the Bancrédito counters in the airport include, Spirit Air and United Airlines among others.
The airport tax, which has been in place since 2003, goes towards paying for upgrades to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela and the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica.